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9th September 2002 21:25

Radio Nottingham reports that Bobby Hassell has a tight hamstring and a sore knee and will not play against Derby, while Kevin Pilkington has an Achilles problem but is expected to play.

BBC.co.uk website
Mansfield entertain Derby in the Worthington Cup looking to eradicate the memory of their woeful recent league form.
Four straight defeats, no goals scored and 13 conceded, does not make happy reading for Stags fans, but they will nevertheless see the arrival of the struggling Rams as an opportunity for a cup upset.
Loan stars Peter Clark and Damien Delaney appeared on the Mansfield team sheet for the first time against QPR, although they have not been given permission to face Derby by their clubs.
Lee Glover will play as he is on a pay-as-you-play contract.
Elsewhere Kevin Pilkington is a doubt after picking up an injury against Rangers, while Wayne Corden's fitness is again causing concern, although he is likely to play.
Derby boss John Gregory will welcome back Giorgi Kinkladze and Mart Poom.
The pair missed the Rams' home defeat to Burnley on Saturday after being called up for international duty and will go straight into the squad for the cup tie.
England Under-19 keeper Lee Grant is set for a place on the bench in the absence of Andy Oakes, who limped off on Saturday with a groin strain.

Meanwhile, from Manchester Evening News website:
Peter Clark in Stags switch
Manchester Evening News, http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk
COUNTY defender Peter Clark has been released on a three-month loan deal to Mansfield Town.
The 23-year-old Romford-born player, who signed in June 2000 for a fee of £100,000, is surplus to requirements at Edgeley Park as manager Carlton Palmer tries to rebuild his side after relegation last season.
"He's done all right," admitted Palmer. "But that's not good enough for us. We need a bit more than that.
"I'm as straight as I can be and if we don't particularly think someone is for us, we try and sort it and it gives them a chance to get their future sorted.
"I'm always looking to strengthen because I'm trying to build a very good young side here, so any good young players that become available throughout the country, we'll be interested in."
Clark, a former Arsenal trainee, admitted his loan move had come as a bit of shock, but was adamant that it might not be the last time the County fans would see him in action.
"I'm disappointed, but I want to do my best for whoever I play for," he said.
"I think my move will probably free up some cash for the manager to bring in some new players.
"Some of the fans might be surprised that I have left, but they might see me again."


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